Mother, daughter fight off armed robber

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Amazing surveillance video captures a mother and her young daughter taking down an armed robber who was holding up their shop.

Police said it happened Monday night at the Plaza de Centro America around 8:00 p.m. Surveillance video shows an armed robber, dressed all in blue, walk in and point a gun at the clerk.

What happened next had the would-be-robber thinking he picked the wrong store.

“He pulls out the guns asking for the money in Spanish,” the store clerk said. “I pretended I was getting the money out.”

The store clerk, who didn’t want to give her name in fear of retaliation, said it was just instinct when she grabbed a large butcher knife.

Surveillance video shows the man walk up to the counter with a gun and demand money. After he walked around the counter the daughter grabs the knife. The robber backs away, still pointing the gun at the woman, then walks to the front of the counter again.

The daughter acts like she’s getting cash and that’s when the man reaches over the counter and starts wrestling with her for her knife.

He was able to pry it from her hands. That’s when her mom jumps in to help out and she grabs the robber’s gun. The mother, with the gun in her left hand, wrestles with the robber then pulls the trigger several times. That is when she found out the gun is a fake.

But, the robber still had the victim’s knife. After the mom and robber wrestle some more she runs out the door and to tries to get help.

That’s when the robber heads to the back of the counter looking for cash only to come face to face with the feisty daughter once again.

Even though he still had the knife in his hand she refused to give in.

That’s when the mom comes back and both women pounce on the man. The daughter grabs the knife and pulls him toward the door.

“I was scared that they were going to hurt her and she was scared that they were going to hurt me,” the store clerk said.

The would-be-robber would end up leaving without any cash and possibly a bruised reputation. But, it’s not everyday that a mom and daughter duo take on a masked armed man.

“I know mothers do anything for their children. So my mom risked her life for me. She clearly saw my life threatened,” the store clerk said.

The robber cut himself on the knife and left behind blood. That knife has been turned over to police. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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